but i just had to post some of the videos that are now up from the show on Tuesday at Hotel Cafe. Enjoy. And be jealous of me for being there.
Half of My Heart
War Of My Life
Just got back from an incredible surprise John Mayer show at the Hotel Cafe. Somehow I actually got there in time to get in line early enough to be one of the 150 people allowed in and it was fucking incredible. We ended up situated about 4 feet from JM (the photos above were taken on a blackberry…no zoom involved) and got to hear all of the songs listed below. I’m hoping someone from the show took some video so I can post it in the morning. Until then, goodnight and I’m sorry if you are jealous.
Slow Dancing In A Burning Room
Half of My Heart (new song)
Friends, Lovers or Nothing (new song)
Human Head (funny song, similar to Born Without Bones)
War Of My Life (new song)
Love me Without Words (i’m guessing on this new song title as it wasn’t announced)
I’m On Fire (Springstein cover) -> 3×5
Heartbreak Warfare (new song)
Who Says (new song)
Human Nature (michael jackson cover as performed on guitar at his memorial)
Waiting On The World To Change
Here is audio of JohnnyM playing Human Nature:
As I had mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been a fan and friend of Eric Hutchinson for a number of years now and seeing him headline at the House of Blues to an ecstatic crowd last night was simply remarkable. I still remember the days when he was playing a single song at an open mic night or handing out flyers outside a Ben Harper concert to get people to come see his show at the Westwood Brewing Company. He only played acoustic guitar songs and had about 10 songs in his repertoire, but I always believed in him because of his song writing skills and his down to earth attitude about his music.
Last night, he played alongside a bassist, another piano/guitar/sax player and a drummer. He rocked the keys, the acoustic and the shiny pink electric telecaster. His voice was far more confident in its range than I’d ever heard it before and the audience roared with applause after every song and every joke. I sat in the balcony (thanks for the center stage seats Eric!) and watched what looked like history go down in front of me. I don’t see the progress stopping anytime soon. I don’t doubt I’ll be giving Eric a high five backstage at the Nokia Theater next year and then at Staples Center the year after that. He is a killer 2nd album away from superstardom. And I know that album will come.
In appreciation of everyone’s roots. Here is the “single” off of Eric’s first EP That Could Have Gone Better, called Subtitles.
I’m going to see Eric Hutchinson headline at the Anaheim House of Blues tonight, so I figured I’d highlight him on today’s bloggy. Ya, I called it a bloggy. You wanna fight? I didn’t think so.
I first heard Eric’s music about 6 years ago when I was a crazy college student who devoured everything that I saw on Aware Records webstore (i dont think it exists anymore). His self produced EP, That Could Have Gone Better, was raw and imperfect, but I really saw potential in it’s voice. The lyrics are as clever as Ben Folds’ or John Mayers and this means a lot to me. There are plenty of good singers out there, plenty that are far better than Eric at both singing and playing the guitar or piano, but I don’t find many better songwriters.
I befriended Eric after hearing his first album and when he moved out to LA I helped him out with some promotional work, handed out flyers with him outside the Hollywood Bowl, set up his Rep page on his website, took him to an open mic or two. Now, 6 years later, thanks to an unlikely promotional push by Perez Hilton, Eric is signed to Warner (he had been signed to a subsidiary earlier but it dissolved and he was lost in the mix) and he is on a world tour, sharing the stage with the likes of Jason Mraz and Kelly Clarkson.
I see nothing but greatness in Eric’s future. His lyrics are clever, his voice and musicianship are maturing and his live shows are as witty as ever.
Eric Hutchinson – You Don’t Have To Believe Me, this is one of my favorite tracks from his current album. (buy link below)
Eric Hutchinson – Back to Where I Was (acoustic), this is a really great, slower song by Eric as featured on his new acoustic EP. (buy link below)
And finally, here is just a great live track of Eric doing what he does best. Enjoy it.
So what ever happened to Howie Day? I had been following him since probably the fall of 2000, right about the same time as John Mayer started to gain a fan or two in the college scene. Back then there was always the sort of unknown singer/songwriter trifecta of John Mayer, Howie Day and Matt Nathanson. Clearly we all know where John Mayer is these days and he deserves the spotlight that he has. Matt Nathanson struggled for a long long time being signed and dropped probably more than once, but he has finally felt a little bit of success with his new album (hear it at www.myspace.com/mattnathanson).
Howie Day, who I’ll be honest, I thought was going to make it before John Mayer, finally got a deal in 2004 and released what I thought was a phenomenal album. The first single, “Perfect Time Of Day” really captured Howie’s energy, but it failed to make a mark on the radio. Then, the cheesy song from the record, “Collide” took off and catapulted the album to something like 800,000 sales. And he has done nothing since then.
I happened to find a few videos from Howie’s second ever show in Los Angeles online and I thought I’d post two of them because it reminds me of the talent I had seen in him almost 9 years ago. He recorded himself and looped it into something really amazing, plus his vocals were often struggling with a pain that came out through his facial expressions and tortured screaming of lyrics later in the songs. I really loved this guy and I’m glad I had the chance to see him in his early days, playing Genghis Cohen and Highland Grounds in front of about 20 people, clearly a few years before selling close to a million albums.
Here is the first song from his set at Highland Grounds, playing “Sorry” with some typically dope looping towards the end.
And here is is singing a great version of “She Says” mixed with some U2 and some comments about a vinyl record cover that was on the wall that read “How Big Is God?” He was obsessed with it the whole show.
I’ve been to a handful of really amazing concerts in the past month and what I find absolutely incredible is that nowadays I can almost guarantee that I will find a video of the show on youtube by the time I get back to my apartment. The video and sound quality often suck, but still crazy that I can get home and relive a few moments of what just rocked my life. So here are some clips of those shows (the first two clips were from smaller shows, so the quality is better)
Rooney, acoustic at the Hotel Cafe. This is a new tune for their upcoming album.
The surprise David Gray show at midnight on a different evening at The Hotel Cafe.
Phoenix at The Wiltern rocked my world. Didn’t know what to expect, but damn.
and finally, Ray LaMontagne with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (at the Bowl of course)
Warning: This post may cause women to throw their bras and panties at the computer screen.
I’ve decided to finally start blogging about music that I like. I’ve got pretty eclectic taste I guess, so things will definitely vary.
Amazing rendition of FM Radio with a touching tribute to his recently passed sister.
Fantastic new rock song called Black July